When Ben and I went to Costa Rica, I looked up a lot of hikes and activities online before we did them. I read so many reviews that said that a certain hike/activity was really difficult, only to find it fairly easy when we did it. When I looked up Dog Mountain (a popular Columbia River Gorge hike in Washington), all the reviews promised it would be a strenuous hike with the reward of gorgeous views. Having done most of the Columbia River Gorge hikes already, mixed with my Costa Rica experience, I didn’t take the strenuous claim seriously. But I was wrong, because I definitely felt like I was going to pass out within the first half mile of our hike. And I got a slight headache when my ears began popping from the change in elevation. So now I’m going to go back to trusting Google reviews…
It’s finally spring! The days are longer, the flowers are out, and little by little, it’s warming up. Spring sessions are my favorite, and here’s why they might become yours, too:
Cherry blossoms! Magnolias! Tulips! So many blooms.
Some great spots for floral photo sessions:
Tom McCall Waterfront Park (98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204)
International Rose Test Garden (400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205)
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (5801 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Overlook Park (1599 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227)
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm and Vineyard (33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071)
Spring is the most colorful time of year.
You’ll get busy later…and so will I.
Not too hot, not too cold.
Layers and accessories.
I was 13 when I took my first photography class, and I quickly discovered my self-timer. Photography became a way to create my own reality. It was how I learned to have compassion for myself and what I’d been through. My power had been taken away from me, but I was able to take that power back by orienting myself in space. I controlled when the shutter went off. I put myself in the way of light.
I love kids because they’re so honest. While it can be difficult to get adults to express themselves in front of the camera, kids always do. They haven’t built up a wall yet. They aren’t afraid.